Last weekend, my husband and I had the honor to attend Christine’s Christmas for the incredible Make-A-Wish Foundation. During my years in the news business, I covered many stories about the Make-A-Wish Foundation and truly fell in love with this organization. The wishes they grant are incredible and to see the impact they have on the lives of so many children is heartwarming.

Saturday night was filled with delicious food, an impressive silent auction and phenomenal orchestrated Christmas concert. Christine’s Christmas is an annual holiday concert established in 2004 in memory of Christine Wilson, a year after the deadly 2003 OSU campus fire that took Christine’s life along with four of her friends. Christine had a love for children and was passionate about building a career about helping them. Her legacy lives on through this holiday concert as it captures her thoughtfulness and
passion for children through music and celebration.

While Christine’s Christmas brings joy each year to those who attend the concert, its impact extends beyond the concert hall. To date, the event has raised more than $900,000 for children’s charities! WOW! In 2016, Christine’s Christmas began partnering with Make-A-Wish to support granting wishes for children in Central Ohio battling critical conditions.

This year’s Make-A-Wish kid was Delaware native, Isaiah (16) battling leukemia, who wishes to be a music producer. His wish was granted by Christine’s Christmas in October, when he was surprised with his very own music producing studio in his home, complete with a computer and state-of-the-art music equipment. Isaiah and his family were also able to attend Saturday night’s concert.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation is on a quest to bring every eligible child’s wish to life, because a wish is an integral part of a child’s treatment journey. Research shows children who have wishes granted can build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight a critical illness. There are currently over 300 children in central Ohio
who are awaiting their wish. For more details on how to get engaged, please visit: www.oki.wish.org or follow us on social media @makeawishohkyin.

*This post was sponsored by Make-A-Wish Foundation. All opinions are my own.*

 

 

 

Such a lovely evening at Christine’s Christmas!
Beautiful performance at a beautiful venue. 
Columbus Native Jessica Grove and her father were mesmerizing. 
A photo of the woman this event is in honor of, Christine Wilson.

I feel as though you’re either a Bloody Mary fan or not. Frankly speaking, I am a fan. Which is why I was extremely excited to test out Cameron Mitchell’s newly developed cocktail recipes for Double Comfort featuring their blends and spices.

The recipes are incredible….but we’ll get to that later.

One of the reasons I was super excited to partner with Double Comfort was because of their mission. 100% of the profits from their sales benefits local food pantries. To date, Double Comfort has funded over one hundred thousand meals. AMAZING!

The recipes I made were developed by Andrea Hoover, Beverage Operations Manager at Cameron Mitchell Restaurants. All 3 are delicious!

 BLOODY MEMPHIS (Bloody Mary)

Prep Glass: Service Glass

Garnish: Soul of the South Spice Rim, Celery Stalk

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 1/2 oz. Grey Goose Vodka
  • 1/4 oz. Salted Lemon Cordial (2 oz. lemon juice, 1/4 oz. Saline {20% salt, 80% water})
  • 5 oz. House Bloody Mary Mix
  • 1 dash Memphis Heat

PREPARATION:

  1. Combine all ingredients in service glass.
  2. Add ice to glass.
  3. Stir to combine.

MEMPHIS MARIA

Prep Glass: Service Glass

Garnish: Soul of the South Spice Rim, Celery Stalk

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 1/2 oz. Patron Tequila
  • 1/4 oz. Salted Lemon Cordial (2 oz. lemon juice, 1/4 oz. Saline {20% salt, 80% water})
  • 5 oz. House Bloody Mary Mix
  • 1 dash Memphis Heat

PREPARATION:

  1. Combine all ingredients in service glass.
  2. Add ice to glass.
  3. Stir to combine.

BLOODY MEMPHIS MIX

  • 1 qt. Pureed San Marzano Tomatoes
  • 7 oz. Beef Bouillon (2 tsp./7 oz.)
  • 7 oz. Water
  • 2 oz. Demitri’s Horseradish Bloody Mary Mix

PREPARATION:

  1. Combine all ingredients in service glass.
  2. Add ice to glass.
  3. Stir to combine.

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Double Comfort Foods

Not really the “buddies” I had in mind…

*this post is sponsored by Double Comfort Foods — all opinions are my own.*

It isn’t always easy to find shoes for babies. My son is 9 months old (wow! They grow up fast) and shoes typically do not stay on his little feet. We were first introduced to Kinbe a few months ago and I was instantly drawn to the company.

Let me talk about the moccs first. They are soft, stylish and adjustable for growing feet. Adam has the navy pair with white stripes, I love how versatile they are.

Now, allow me to chat about the best part. For the past couple months, I’ve been searching for companies that give back. It’s my goal to give as much as I can to these kind of organizations, but surprisingly there aren’t as many out there as I would have thought. When I was approached by Kinbe and learned about their mission, I was hooked.

At Kinbe, they believe in building loving homes for children without them. As a mom, it breaks my heart to learn there are 140 million children in the world without a loving home. Kinbe is dedicated to building a legacy of love. When you purchase a pair of their moccs, 25% of your purchase will go toward their mission.

Did you know most children under the age of 3 in an orphanage will likely sit in a crib all day long with little human touch? I can’t even fathom that. Due to the lack of resources, education and staff these babies and toddlers cannot thrive. This is why Kinbe has partnered with an orphanage in Guatemala whose mission is to build family style housing for these children.

Most of the children in Guatemala will never be adopted. Kinbe supports training these families on parenting and child development and hiring and vetting of staff so that they can provide the best love and support for orphan children.

Kinbe believes it takes a village to raise our children (and I couldn’t agree more!). If you’re interested in joining their tribe, I encourage you to explore their website. While you’re there, take a look at the adorable moccs!

Little steps to building a brighter future.

https://kinbe.co/

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